On Sunday, the masonic brothers of Rio Blanco Lodge No. 80, AF&AM, held their annual celebration of George Washington’s birthday with food, refreshment and a dessert auction. The proceeds of the auction go toward scholarships for local high school graduates to attend in-state schools. George Washington was initiated into Freemasonry in October 1752, at the age of 20 and by August of the following year was raised to Master Mason. Although there were many masons during our nation’s founding years, George Washington is held by many as one of the finest examples of duty to God, our nation, our neighbors and ourselves. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the charter for Meeker’s Rio Blanco Lodge No. 80 and members look forward to a new year of brotherly love, truth and charity. Left, friends and Masons celebrate George Washington’s birthday as auctioneer Paul “Buckshot” Sheridan and Danny DeWitt help the Masons support local scholarships.

Student awarded scholarship


RANGELY I In May, Bernie Gantt, Dan Dewitt and Kevin Amack represented Rio Blanco Masonic Lodge #80 while presenting a certificate worth $28,000 to Hannah Turner, Rangely High School’s 2012 class valedictorian.